How to make Quick Moong Dal Halwa -

A traditional Rajasthani sweet dish that is made in a shorter time

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Moong dal (मूंग दाल), Sugar (चीनी)

Cuisine : Rajasthani

Course : Desserts

Quick Moong Dal Halwa

Quick Moong Dal Halwa Recipe Card


Rajasthani cuisine is perhaps the most sensitive amongst the Indian cuisines. People here relish non-vegetarian dishes made from chicken, lamb and shikar which includes animal and birds like boars, venison, peacock, quail, duck, pheasant, rabbits and even camels etc. Vegetarian food comes in two varieties i.e. the food eaten by the common man that includes use of various spices and herbs and the food of the Marwari Jains that is prepared without using onions, garlic or for that matter any ingredient growing under the soil except for ginger and groundnuts.
Rajasthan cooking in general has its own unique flavour where the simplest and the most basic of ingredients go into the preparation of delicious dishes. The harsh climate and the non-availability of ingredients in this region are a great influence.  Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred, more out of necessity than choice. The sparse rainfall is not conducive to growing fresh green vegetables. Due to this scarcity whatever seasonal vegetables are grown, are sundried so that they can be used for the rest of the year. 

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Quick Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

  • Moong dal 1 cup

  • Sugar 3/4 cup

  • Ghee 1/4 cup

  • Full fat milk powder 1-2 tablespoons

  • Cashewnuts chopped 2 tablespo for garnish

  • Almonds chopped 2 tablespo for garnish

  • Pistachios blanchedand slivered 2 tablespo to garnish

  • Green cardamom powder for sprinkling

  • Dried crushed rose petals for garnish


Step 1

Heat a non-stick pan, add moong dal and dry roast till golden brown. Transfer it into a bowl and let it cool.

Step 2

Put the roasted dal in a mixer jar and grind to a coarse powder.

Step 3

Heat ghee in the same non-stick pan, add the dal powder, mix and sauté, stirring continuously, for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 cup water in another pan and let it come to a boil.

Step 4

Add milk powder to the moong dal mixture and mix well. Add the boiling water, mix and cook stirring continuously till smooth .

Step 5

Add sugar and mix well. Add cashewnuts, almonds and pistachios and mix well.Cook, stirring continuously, for 10 minutes or till ghee separates. Take the pan off the heat.

Step 6

Pack the halwa tightly into a bowl and upturn it on a serving plate. Garnish with almonds, pistachios slivers and cashewnuts. Sprinkle green cardamom powder and crushed dried rose petals. Serve hot.

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